Dynasties: The Families That Changed The World

Throughout history, certain names have cropped up again and again, holding onto the reins of power. Families that seem to continually reach the pinnacle of society. But how do they do it? This insightful historical documentary series delves into the inner workings of the world’s most powerful and intriguing dynasties. The scandals, powerplays, humble beginnings and dramatic downfalls are all explored.

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Ep 1: Fame
Jackson. Coppola. Kardashian. You know their names–but how did they become so famous?

Fame can break down barriers. It can transcend culture and race. And death is never the end, so long as there is money to be made. This fascinating documentary explores the Jackson, Coppola and Kardashian dynasties. All have had an enormous impact on culture and society. But this has often come at a cost to the families themselves. How did these famous names find, and hang onto, fame?

Ep 2: Fortune
The ruthless world of business dynasties like the Trumps and Murdochs is explored.

Nothing and everything is personal in business dynasties. Families are bound together or pushed apart as patriarchs and matriarchs lead the way, or let others take the fall. This eye –
opening documentary looks at the Succession- like story of business dynasties such as the Trumps and the Murdochs. How did they consolidate their power and what sacrifices did they make to get to the top?

Ep 3: Power
Political dynasties have shaped the world and changed history. But paid a tragic price.

Kennedy. Kim. Bhutto. Gandhi-Nehru. Just a few of the political dynasties that have been at the forefront of war and revolution for generations. But, as this perceptive documentary reveals, having a revered name does not always guarantee survival. These are families that changed the world. But this rise to power often put them in the firing line and some paid the ultimate price.

Ep 4: Royal
Those born into royalty and imperial grandeur often struggle with the pressures of power.

The House of Saud, the House of Windsor, the Imperial House of Japan. From coronations to threats of assassination, to coups and abdications, regal dynasties have survived it all. As this explosive documentary explores, some are born to reign over us, while others struggle in the rarified world of royalty. How do these grand old families reach, and stay, in power?

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